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Hon Ruth Dyson

MP for Port Hills

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Ruth Dyson remains passionate and energetic about the values at the heart of the Labour Party. Having joined as a teenager, Ruth was involved in numerous women’s organisations, environmental groups and social movements during the early 1970s.

She held a number of positions within the Party, including Women’s Representative, Executive Member, Senior Vice President, before becoming the Party’s President in 1988.

Ruth was elected to Parliament for the seat of Lyttelton at the 1993 election, a seat which she has held through various boundary changes under three different names; yet a community she still passionately represents today.

Throughout the past 25 years, Ruth has made her mark in a number of policy areas, including disability issues, social development, senior citizens, and ACC. She was a Cabinet Minister under Helen Clark, and was made Chief Government Whip following the 2017 election.

As the MP of Port Hills, Ruth continues to take an active role in representing the Christchurch community, especially in the earthquake recovery space. She is committed to ensuring Parliament is an increasingly inclusive place, and hopes to empower people, young and old, to take an active role in public advocacy at all levels.

Contact Hon Ruth Dyson

Port Hills electorate office

Phone: 03 376 4512
Email: porthills.mp@parliament.govt.nz

642 Ferry Road, Woolston, Christchurch

Parliamentary office

Phone: 04 817 9768
Email: ruth.dyson@parliament.govt.nz

Freepost PO Box 18 888
Parliament Buildings, Wellington 6160


Latest from Hon Ruth Dyson

Labour’s bill to restore teachers’ voice

March 09, 2017

The ability for teachers to voice legitimate concerns and thoughts about their profession would be restored under Labour’s private member’s bill that was drawn from the ballot today, says Labour MP Ruth Dyson.

“Under my bill, the Education (Teachers’ Code of Ethics) Amendment Bill, teachers would be given a voice that has been stifled under the National Government.


Major victory for Redcliffs Community

November 01, 2016

The announcement today by the Minister of Education, Hon Hekia Parata, that Redcliffs School will be returning to Redcliffs, will be greeted with delight by the community, says Ruth Dyson Member of Parliament for Port Hills.


Rates rebate on the cards for retirement village residents

May 05, 2016

People living retirement villages could be entitled to a rates rebate after a Labour Member’s Bill was today pulled from the ballot, Labour’s Senior Citizens spokesperson Ruth Dyson says.

“Most residents in retirement villages cannot currently claim a rebate because they pay them indirectly to the retirement village owner and therefore don’t get billed separately.


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